he has already had microfracture surgery
Ball Don't Lie
Everyone in the Raptors fanbase is saying that next year will be tottaly different. I agree, but for that, this two have to come togheter
Of course, for Barnes we need some lucky at the lottery. If we get a top 3 pick, we should get a mid first round via trade to add Marshall, if not, we should trade down.
I consider Marshall the ideal PG for the future, not a scorer, a player who can pass and direct his teammates, we have enough scorers already. Plus, he's young enough to pair with DeRozan, Valanciunas and hopefully Barnes.
If we're not that lucky in the lottery, the Raps should absoloutly go after Batum, a young, atlethic and talented SF with international experience. The question remains if the Blazers match the offer, so we probabbly will have to overpay him. But again, he fits perfectly
So the Raptors 2012/13 should look like this
SF: Barnes or Batum/ Kleiza/ Johnson (one of those two has to go)
PF: Bargniani/ Ed Davis
C: Valanciunas/ Amir/ Gray
This is a playoff team and a great young core:
Along with Calderon, Bargniani ('85) and Kleiza ('85) serving as leaders
Of course, one of Amir and Ed, will have to be sacrifaced to get another First Round or to trade up in the draft. The same with Kleiza and Johnson, although I feel Linas will be excelent for JV in his rookie year.
While Barnes' shooting is what is needed to spread the floor for DD, Batum would be ideal if we can add him, trade down in the draft to get a Marshall and perhaps a bench SG with Batum also logging time there when JJ or Kleiza are in.
who cares about the lithuanian connection. I'll take JJ over LK anyday.
Kleiza's been as inconsistent as anyone, but that's the point, pretty much everyone has. Most nights he's a matchup nightmare. If I had my choice of the 2, I'd take JJ. But that said, it's mostly because of the contract situation. JJ's gonna need to get paid soon too.
Alright so with Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace trades, Portland is going to have tonnes of cap space to match most if not all offers for Batum. This essentially nullifies any desire of mine to go out and get him, because we'd definitely overpay. LB is gone, so now we don't have a back up pg/sg other than Forbes and Butler. So most likely the only way to get another quality wing is through the draft (Barnes) or signing Wilson Chandler.
oops beat me to editing it. I just found it on espn. So what should the raps do now? I don't think Barnes is going to come in and be a huge difference maker right from the start.
Sonny Weems could fill that void.
I wonder if DeMar is in Casey's plans
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